As I continue to brainstorm on how the second chapter of volume four should evolve, I thought of keeping the Young Guardians’ backup plan a secret until volume five. However, I have decided that this chapter will hint the back up plan as well as show how the past few months have affected the Young Guardians as a team. This will be a time when the Young Guardians are recovering from the aftermath of volume three and forced into hiding until they can find new allies. It will be the first time since the first volume of my series that the Young Guardians are at their most vulnerable.
One of the songs that seriously ignite my imagination is The One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII, preferably the orchestra version from Advent Children. As I listen to this song, I can envision the Young Guardians’ final conflict with the main villain, Vogan. During this conflict, I can see the Young Guardians battling Vogan while constantly being at the mercy of his unstoppable power. With each sudden change in note, I can see every devastating attack, every desperate countermeasure, and every ounce of collateral damage. Every now and then, I could see the cold calculating gaze of Vogan’s soulless white eyes and standing amongst the corpses of his victims. As the song comes to a close, I could see the battle between Vogan and the Young Guardians reaching a cataclysmic conclusion in fire and multi-colored energy.
In the third volume of my series, the Young Guardians have encounters with several enemies from their early superhero careers. These individuals were recruited by Vogan (the main villain) to serve as weapons against the Young Guardians. Among these miscreants is the first major criminal the Young Guardians ever defeated: Alexander Andrews. Before the Young Guardians’ careers took off, Alexander was a notorious serial killer and complete and utter psychopath. Although he is one hundred percent human, Alexander has capabilities that would consider him inhuman. For instance, he is freakishly strong, able to overpower and kill virtually any individual with his bare hands. He also suffers from a neurological disease that renders him completely immune to physical pain, allowing him to take serious damage while still able-bodied enough to fight. Psychologically, Alexander’s mind is so twisted and warped that reading his thoughts is impossible, which makes him completely unpredictable. With these traits, when the Young Guardians confronted him, Alexander nearly killed two of the Young Guardians before he was captured. In other words, Alexander Andrews is a dangerous foe to face.
The first volume of my series, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, received the following review on Amazon:
“Grady’s books invite us into the mind of a science fiction lover. The characters are many and purposefully defined. Grady is a talented young man who obviously loves what he does. With time and experience his writing will mature and I expect to see his books around for a long time to come. Keep writing, Grady P. Brown! I am impressed by his bio and with what he has accomplished. I am still working through the second book. I love the descriptions of the characters and their traits rated on a numerical scale. Very inventive, and actually quite helpful.”
On Barnes and Noble’s website, the first volume of my series, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, received this five star review:
“I have read this author before and he has a way of writing page turning material. In this new book he follows a group of LA youths who are transformed from mere mortals into protectors for the benefit of humanity. An interesting aspect of this book is that in a character appendix, the author lists all of the super powers of his heroes. This drama plays out in the area around Los Angeles, and their arch enemy is the Cyber Shadow who is tall, with red eyes, and dresses in black and grey armor. He is a power hungry madman who wants to be King of the World. It is the Young Guardian’s job to make sure that does not happen. All of the battling leads to a dramatic confrontation, but it is not the end of the story. Although the Shadow is defeated, it turns out that he has not been vanquished. The author is a talented story teller and includes many imaginative plot twists in this tale. This is a fast paced, dialog driver thriller that is hard to put down.”
Written by Christopher Paolini, I did not know what to expect when I first read Eragon, but when I did, I was in for a surprise. This story is an elegant blend between Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, two of my favorite story franchises. I also enjoyed how the author described the mythological creatures that are depicted in the story, specifically the dragons and elves, which are two of my favorite fantasy beings. Eragon allowed me to see the spiritual side of dragons, making them appear more human and less like animals. When the author described the elves, it was like he was trying to illustrate the appearance of angels without wings. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys sword and sorcery.